Lucas Leiva

Jan 192017
Lucas Leiva Leads Liverpool Into Next Round of the Cup

By Umarah Naz. When Lucas Leiva scores for Liverpool, you just know that the universe is a little off kilter. Embed from Getty Images The last time such a rare phenomenon occurred was 2316 days ago, in September 2010, when we were all a lot younger and a little less grey-haired. If you were strange enough to bet on a Lucas goal, it certainly wouldn’t be from a header. But that’s exactly what Plymouth Argyle had the misfortune (for them) to witness in Wednesday nights FA Cup replay at Home Park. The golden locks of the Reds captain flew into continue reading

Jan 082017
Liverpool 0, Plymouth Argyle 0 - Match Report

By Umarah Naz. Remember that one, single week in January that Liverpool had to recuperate from a packed fixture list? Well, it’s been filled. The Reds were held to a 0-0 draw today in the third round of the FA Cup by a Plymouth Argyle side that offered next to nothing at Anfield. After having made £600,000 for this tie alone, Plymouth backed it up by earning a replay at Home Park to be played a few days after the Premier League game against Manchester United. Embed from Getty Images Most people thought that it would be a walk in continue reading

Jan 172015
Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Aston Villa 0, Liverpool 2 Villa Park, Birmingham (39,758) Liverpool scorers: Borini 24′, Lambert 79′ Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 7 Hit and miss when coming for crosses, but played an important part in securing the win towards the end of the second half. Made a great save from Benteke then recovered to clear a cross shortly after. Emre Can – 6.5 Growing into his role at right centre back. Helps those around him when the team have the ball. Martin Skrtel – 7 Almost scored from a great header attacking a corner. Made a good last ditch tackle on Benteke in continue reading

Jan 112015
Sunderland 0, Liverpool 1 - LFC Player Ratings & Tactics

Sunderland 0, Liverpool 1 Stadium of Light, Sunderland (45,359) Liverpool scorer: Markovic 9′ Tactics Liverpool continued with the 3-4-3 formation, which saw Lazar Markovic switch to the right side of midfield, with Alberto Moreno coming into the side on the left. Fabio Borini replaced Rickie Lambert up front, The team pressed right from the kick off, but seemed to sit back once they scored, and also looked to defend the lead and break on the counter even once Sunderland were down to ten men. Emre Can played several positions once Steven Gerrard was taken off at half time with a continue reading

Jan 012014
LFC Player Ratings & Tactics - Liverpool 2, Hull City 0

Liverpool 2, Hull City 0 Anfield, Liverpool (Att: 44,627) Liverpool scorers: Agger (36), Suarez (50) Player Ratings Simon Mignolet – 6 Didn’t have a save to make. Passing out from the back was good, boasting an 88% pass completion rate. Glen Johnson – 5.5 An improvement on the last game, but still nowhere near his best. Martin Skrtel – 7 A commanding performance from the Slovakian centre back. *Daniel Agger – 7.5 Was as solid as Skrtel in defence, and scored Liverpool’s vital first goal from a Coutinho corner. Aly Cissokho – 7 A good contribution from the French full back, continue reading

Jul 222012
Brendan Rodgers’ Choices - A Case for Jay Spearing

After appearing in a recent press conference alongside manager Brendan Rodgers and Lucas Leiva, Jay Spearing will be hoping that he’ll be included in the club’s front line plans more often this season, and alongside Lucas in the first XI rather than taking up a role as his understudy. It would be difficult to foresee the two players in the same team in Rodgers’ 4-3-3 system, but if Lucas were to move into a more attacking role in the middle three, then this might leave an option to play Spearing as the deeper lying player of the trio. Dubbed the continue reading

Apr 062012
Lucas Leiva's Position - Defensive Midfielder? Volante?

This article was originally written by me for this website. For people with nothing better to do than discuss the miniscule details of football, the natural position of Lucas Leiva has been a much covered, and much disputed topic. His transition from a more attacking player whilst at Gremio, to a holding role or defensive midfield position at Liverpool, has a lot to do with differences in style of play and the way positions are assigned in Brazil and England. The need to pin players down to a particular description or positional term has created much confusion about Lucas’s part continue reading

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